With the many stresses that abound in our lives, it has pushed many Christians to take their life. While there are many congregations that provide counseling services to their members who are suffering from aggression and depression who are vulnerable to suicide, the numbers of deaths by suicide continues to rise.
Today, there is new research that suggests we may be able to predict suicide risk by using a blood test. The new research published online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry suggests that blood contains biomarkers that can predict whether a person is suffering from a mood disorder and thus more likely to die by suicide. The research has isolated a group of proteins that fluctuate rapidly when men are having suicidal thoughts.
Additionally, the researchers of the same study have also found that this particular protein was high among people who have completed suicide. By studying these markers, it will be easier for medical professionals to find out if a person has a higher risk of dying by suicide.
On the other hand, it is important to take note that all people who have the biological markers present in their blood will not necessarily contemplate suicide. Many factors contribute to an individual having suicidal thoughts. The psychology of a person can be difficult to understand and, although blood markers are important in giving us the tell-tale sign that a person is at higher risk for suicide, it does not mean that he or she will die by suicide. There are also interventions that can prevent someone with suicidal thoughts from completing suicide.
According to the research team, there are approximately 1 million attempted suicides worldwide each year and that using the blood test to predict the likelihood of a person to commit suicide is now easier. Blood test samples may be effective in helping Christian communities prevent suicide.
An important part of the solution lies in the support the families give to their members who have high suicide risk. Take note that the family is an extension of God’s family and 1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV) states that “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body, So it is with the body of Christ”. This scripture passage assures us that we belong in His family and that our lives are sacred.
Another vital part of preventing deaths by suicide is asking anyone you susupect is thinking of suicide, “Are you thinking of killing yourself.” Some people think that asking someone this question will give the person the idea to end their life. This is simply not true. If an individual is thinking of suicide, they will most likely be glad that you care enough to ask them about it. If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800.273.TALK 98255). You can also call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. For more information visit Suicide Prevention .